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tbr415 06-23-2014 05:21 PM

Puppy troubles
 
I have a 7 1/2 month old German Shepherd, he is mostly good with my husband, but with me he picks what he wants to listen to and I always have bite and scratch marks all over me. We have done very basic obedience classes, and he does well as long as he gets a reward with basic commands. I can yell "leave it" from across the room and unless its one of our cats he will walk away. The biggest problem is that I can give him attention for 3 hours straight but if I try to do anything that doesn't involve him he starts biting my legs, feet, arms, and clothes and starts barking at me when I say "OW" or "NO." If I push him off he bites harder so recently I have started going into another room and closing the door, we have done bite inhibition and he does not bite my husband, just me. Another problem occurs when I'm sitting on the couch. He loves his ball and he brings it to me to throw which I don't mind doing but he basically steps on me and shoves the ball in my face. I can't figure out how to get him to drop the ball on command. He will drop other things when I say "drop it" but if he really wants an item he won't and if it's small enough he will even swallow it. We keep the main area of our house where he's allowed picked up so there isn't anything that he could get that could harm him for that reason. We also are looking for suggestions on how to get him to leave the cats alone. Our one cat doesn't have claws so he will basically treat him like a toy which is pretty easy since this cat will just lay down instead of trying to run. The other cat does have claws so Koda will let go if he gets smacked but then he will just sit a foot away from the cat and bark. The only way to stop the fighting is to lock the cats up in our bedroom all day. They only get to free roam when koda is put in his crate for bed. I have a month off work since we are moving so I am willing to take the time to train him, but I am having trouble getting past those basic commands.

Thank you

kay88 06-28-2014 01:45 PM

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Originally Posted by tbr415 (Post 5680993)
The biggest problem is that I can give him attention for 3 hours straight but if I try to do anything that doesn't involve him he starts biting my legs, feet, arms, and clothes and starts barking at me when I say "OW" or "NO." If I push him off he bites harder so recently I have started going into another room and closing the door, we have done bite inhibition and he does not bite my husband, just me. Another problem occurs when I'm sitting on the couch. He loves his ball and he brings it to me to throw which I don't mind doing but he basically steps on me and shoves the ball in my face. I can't figure out how to get him to drop the ball on command.

That sounds a lot like how our puppy was (and occasionally still is but she was slow to "get" a lot of thing). First, I have a question. You say you can spend a lot of time with the dog but what are you doing WITH the dog during that time?

The pup is biting because they want your attention and biting is a great (from their point of view) way to get it. Pushing/yelping etc excited our dog as well and for us social isolation didn't work.

A tired dog is a better behaved dog so finding activities to do with them that will tired them out will help. Playing ball outside as well as with a flirt pole worked for us but it does depend on what you dog likes. Ultimately, you are trying to spend quality AND tiring time with your pup.

After play time, giving them something to do on their own (preferably in the same room with you) might help as well. Stuffed kongs or food puzzles, favorite chew toys etc are things that you could try.

If after that the dog is still trying to demand attention...things like classical music can help to get the pup to relax and learn that it's quiet time now.

Setting up a routine can also help in the long run. E.g. we play at roughly this time then I chew on something then I have a nap...eventually the dog gets used to it and will begin to be a little less pay attention to me 24/7 and more importantly decrease the biting.

As far as the drop it...I would have treats on hand and when the pup shoves the ball it me say the command and wait...eventually they should drop it...then reward with the treat (one that's higher value than the ball).

The pup is young (they take two to three years to be true adults) so with persistence you will see a change :)

glowingtoadfly 06-28-2014 04:36 PM

Sounds familiar! You can make a flirt pole from a lunge whip, then tie a toy to the end of it. You can buy them from saddlerys online or from farm and fleet.


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